KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana Commission for Higher Education today (February 11) unanimously approved the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Indiana University Kokomo – bringing a much-needed graduate-level degree program to the region.
Set to begin spring semester 2012, IU Kokomo will partner with IU East to offer the two-track master’s program – nurse education and nurse administration – that includes traditional face-to-face classroom time, as well as some online courses.
“IU Kokomo is committed to providing relevant and purposeful graduate programs to north central Indiana,” said Chancellor Michael Harris. “By offering the Master of Science in Nursing, we will help meet the needs of the region by educating and graduating qualified nurse educators and administrators, who are key to providing exceptional health care.”
The nurse administrator track will prepare graduates to advanced-level management positions at hospitals, clinics, surgery centers, extended care facilities, and nurse-managed health centers. Graduates of the nurse educator track will be positioned to successfully pass the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Certification Exam which, together with appropriate work experience, qualifies one to become a CNE through the National League for Nursing (NLN).
“Many of our hospitals having been calling for a pathway whereby their nursing staff can enhance their credentials to meet the demands of the complexity of health care today,” said Susan Sciame-Giesecke, vice chancellor for academic affairs. “The MSN degree will provide the nurses within our local hospitals the opportunity to earn their graduate credentials close to home.”
Linda Wallace, dean of the School of Nursing, said she is pleased to be able to offer the next level of nursing education, which will benefit not only local health care facilities, but will fill the gap for qualified nursing and faculty.
“We are fulfilling our responsibilities to our alumni and to the region,” said Wallace. “We have been asked for years to provide this degree, and now we can deliver a quality master’s program to all nurses in our region.”
This is one of many steps IU Kokomo is taking to be a vital partner in the transformation of the region – by providing an educated workforce that will enhance economic development the well-being of the north central Indiana.
“IU Kokomo is committed to making our region an even better place to live; a place where every individual has an equal opportunity to be educated, to raise a family, to earn a good living and to enjoy all the benefits of a welcoming and inclusive community.”
Chancellor Michael Harris applauds nursing school leaders, faculty, and staff, for their dedication and commitment to academic excellence and student success by pursuing and securing the master’s program for the IU Kokomo campus.
The School of Nursing is the third largest public Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the state. Nearly 3,400 nursing degrees have been conferred since 1970, with 80 percent of those graduates still residing in central Indiana.Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.
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